Ashbourne’s Medical School Programme

Ashbourne’s Medical School Programme (AMSP) has been running for more than 35 years and is designed to give students the best possible chance of gaining a place at a top UK university medical school.

Successful Ashbourne students

Lilian is currently studying Medicine at King’s College London after graduating from the Medical School Programme. She received a full scholarship to study at Ashbourne and achieved Biology A, Chemistry A and Mathematics A*.

“What attracted me to Ashbourne was the small class sizes and how personal everything felt between you and your teacher. The Medical School Programme gave me the skills and tools I needed to go into the interview and to write a good personal statement.”

Hana transferred from Year 12 to join Ashbourne’s Medical School Programme and now studies Medicine at Imperial College London.

“I honestly believe if I didn’t get all the one-to-one sessions with Amy where I had to target the BMAT to my specific situation I wouldn’t have done as well. You get such personal attention at Ashbourne which is what my favourite thing was about the whole Medical School Programme.”

Medical School Programme webinar

Deputy Head of Sixth Form and Head of the Medical School Programme, Amy Youngman, explains how the programme works and describes how Ashbourne prepares and supports our students to make successful applications. Former Medical School Programme students also share their experiences and answer questions.

Amy Youngman is Head of Faculty for Natural Sciences, Deputy Head of Sixth Form and A level Biology teacher. She has been helping students apply for medical school for many years and is also a UCL Medical School interviewer. She runs weekly AMSP workshops, helps prepare students to sit successful BMAT and UCAT tests, provides individual support and guidance to students throughout the entire application process and conducts mock interviews.

Medical School entry is not only about excellent academic achievement. Students need to be fully equipped to start a career in medicine, be well informed about current medical issues, feel confident in interview, have some work experience and show a genuine and strong ambition to become a doctor. Medicine can be emotionally and physically demanding so learning how to interact with patients and manage extremely stressful and distressing situations is essential to becoming a successful doctor.

What our students get from the AMSP:

  • A thorough understanding of what a medical career will involve, including dentistry
  • A forum to discuss and debate current medical issues and ethics with other prospective medical school students
  • Opportunities to talk with practising doctors and Ashbourne alumni who are now at medical school
  • BMAT and UCAT preparation
  • Interview preparation: both traditional and MMIs
  • UCAS support and guidance on all aspects of the application process from finding the right course and meeting all the requirements to writing a relevant and compelling personal statement and accepting an offer
  • Assistance in securing voluntary work experience placements
  • Supplementary support in Biology and Chemistry

Ashbourne’s A level courses, taken in conjunction with the Programme, offer outstanding opportunities for ambitious and hardworking students who will benefit from the individual support and choice we offer to help our students reach the highest grades.

How to apply

For further information or to apply for a place on Ashbourne’s Medical School Programme please contact the college on 020 7937 3858 or email our Admissions team.

Ashbourne Medical School Programme Prospectus

Read more about the Programme in our prospectus which includes details about course requirements, preparing for interview and advice from experts.

Medical School Programme

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